I am focused on non-traditional approaches to lacework and textiles — literally, figuratively and sculpturally. This subject has become a means of recontextualizing “women’s work” through blending historical craft and the generational passing down of knowledge with contemporary practice.
Lace has also become a metaphor for the human condition, in that countless individual threads are intertwined to create interdependent networks with the nuance of connection shaping endless possibilities of pattern. This method can perhaps be seen in everything from the neuronic mapping of the brain to the largest structure in the observable universe, galactic superclusters.
The human scale is the most relevant to my practice, however, and memory, with all its defining power and inescapable flaws, plays an important role. My interest in the exploration of consciousness and perception also often comes into play. Both my rural Missouri roots and a degree in Interior Architecture influence my research and exploratory processes, resulting in intricate textile drawings, as well as dynamic sculpture and works on paper of layered lace-like text.
Rachelle Gardner-Roe has been working as an artist in Kansas City for 13 years. She grew up in the rural countryside outside of Adrian, MO and received a Bachelors in Interior Architecture from Kansas State University in 2004. This background in design allowed her to explore various media through a lifelong interest in fine art.
Gardner-Roe exhibits nationally, and works on public projects as well as private commissions. She has been awarded grants and residencies that allowed her to explore installation in the urban environment, study experimental processes at a national art center, and engage in theoretical research and development of signature techniques. She has exhibited regionally and nationally, including The Mulvane Art Museum, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and The Chautauqua Institution, among others. In the Kansas City metro area, her work can be found at Weinberger Fine Art and The Bunker Center for the Arts. Gardner-Roe lives and works in Mission, KS.